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Motivation Boost Please! My Second eBook is SLOWLY Developing…

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Semi-secret being revealed…I am attempting to write a second eBook by the first week of July.  It isn’t about a topic as sexy as making money online, lol.  But it was requested by more than a dozen of you over the last year or so.  My plan is to cover how to budget, stay financially healthy, and negotiate down your big bills to manage your monthly nut.  The plan is to be in that exclusive Amazon program, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), for 3 months and then be released all over like my current eBook right before the next Financial Blogger Conference.  But I have stalled.  It just isn’t nearly as exciting to me as it was two weeks ago.  Poop.

How Do You Motivate Yourself?

I’m mainly telling all of you because having accountability partners generally helps me.  I still give up on stuff once in a while anyway, but I accomplish more when others are expecting it.  So here’s the trick up my sleeve – everyone knows now.  I even told my newsletter subscribers last week, so I will at least push myself to finish just due to peer pressure, hahaha.

My second trick isn’t really a trick.  I make myself do things whether I want to or not.  Some days, I might not feel like writing a blog post or checking all of my emails, but that rarely keeps me from doing it.  If it matters at all to me, I can make myself do it even when I rather be zoning out on a book or trying to catch up on my new addiction, Dr. Who.  I was introduced to the 2005 season last week and just started Season 2…

And lastly, I am bribing rewarding myself.  If I finish and have it posted on Amazon by July 4, 2013, I will be able to fully enjoy our 4 day trip to San Antonio way more.  I will also be treating myself to one hell of a meal at some point to celebrate (yeah, food is my ultimate bribe…and hence my food issues…whatever).  😀

What Say You?

While I am on the subject of the eBook, feel free to chime in with anything that you’d like to read about in this one (or even the a completely different idea for yet another)!  What price would you be willing to pay in general for a short but info-filled budgeting guide?

My goal is to make this one cost less than the last one since it’ll probably be similar in length (short and to the point), but less popular based on the subject alone.  So few really seem to have our love for budgeting and managing their money.  😉  But I am hoping it ends up being just as helpful to anybody who downloads it.  I want that streak to continue, lol.

What do you do to motivate yourself?

FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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11 thoughts on “Motivation Boost Please! My Second eBook is SLOWLY Developing…

  1. I can have similar motivation problems sometimes. I find that getting my desk totally organized and then organizing my project goals can really help–although here I am commenting on BFS instead of working after having done both this morning. 🙂

  2. For the most part, I am self motivated! I do realize that I am not self motivate to do everything though. Things like cleaning out the garage or reorganizing my office is not on top of my list. I needed something the other day so I reorganized part of my desk just to find it. It turns out, I never had it!

  3. So excited about this ebook! This is exactly what I need to give to my boyfriend who desperately needs all the financial help he can get. Basic would be best as he’s a very typical 20-something guy and not so interested in reading on budgets and the like.

    Get on it so we can read it! How’s that for motivation? lol

  4. Strangely, I go outside… I’m not really an outdoorsy girl, so it’s odd. Maybe it’s the Vitamin D (Arizona gives off like, super-vitamin D, I think). I also do as Emily above suggested and organize – chaos and clutter is my arch nemesis. Then, I make a moderately detailed list of what needs to get done, starting with the big chunks of a project first, then getting into the detailed task list under each major heading. That way, I can cross things off and feel accomplished as I get closer to having all lines striked through. I do this for weekends when I clean the house too… my husband makes fun of me.
    And, I must say, I’m super excited about this book! I’ve go your current e-book in my rotation, ready to read once my boss stops assigning me brain books about learning and development. 🙂

  5. Include loads of samples.
    Sample budgets for varying income levels to reflect how a budget can help no matter where you are in your career/life goals. Make gag budgets to add some humor.
    Use copy and paste screen shots examples of how to use common spread sheet programs.
    Include list of phone apps that can help.
    $3.99 would be a great price for one similar to your last book.

  6. When I had to write my thesis during grad school it helped to tell myself “I am going to write 4 pages today”–and if I didnt write those 4 pages I wasn’t allowed to go to the pool (went to school in Florida). Or something similar. But if I was left to my own devices with no goals I would have sat around all day and watched reruns.

  7. I’ve written…12 full-length books, now. There’s only one secret: Butt in seat. Hands on keyboard. Internet OFF. If you’re researching something, leave a mark in your manuscript and fill in the details later. 🙂

  8. @Emily, LOL. Thanks. 🙂

    @FaM, nice!

    @krantcents, haha. 🙂

    @Elizabeth, thanks for the push!

    @Mel, you sound like me. My to-do list is right next to my laptop and I check off things as I go.

    @retired, thanks! Maybe I will shoot for this to be a $5-$10 eBook instead of a $17-$27 one like last time…

    @Michelle, hmmm. I like that. I will write 2 pages per day. That should get me there in 2 weeks since I sort of just go once I get started…

    @Jenny, wow, that’s fantastic! 12 books, sheesh!

  9. It’s okay, that happens to all of us. In my case, I make it a point to stop what I’m doing and do other fun activity or sometimes just interesting ones to give my mind some rest, then when I feel really ready to work on the task, I do not go straight to working on it, I take some time to think of ideas related to task that would make it more interesting for me or just to spice it up a bit.

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